DNA and SDA Deep Dive Training

40 hours
The DNA and SDA Deep Dive Training is structured as a hybrid workshop and is delivered by a technology specific Subject Matter Expert in a workshop format, either virtually via the customer's preferred meeting application or onsite at the customer's location. The engagement combines an SME engagement, workshop, training and lab demo all in one interactive experience that focuses on learning a new technology, best practices and how it will fit into the customer's current environment.

What to Expect

The following items are included in this training: 

  • Demonstrating design strategies
  • Demonstrate flexibility and use cases of different design and migration changes
  • Execution concepts & whiteboarding
  • Automate, operate and secure concept walkthrough
  • Provision, validation and troubleshooting commands

Goals & Objectives

Our expert-led training workshops help you gain a better understanding of the Cisco DNA technologies and solutions. Upon completion you’ll have the working knowledge and skills to develop, deploy and maintain a solid DNA infrastructure.


The following is a summary of the 5-day agenda, concepts and inclusions for the training:

  • Initial Setup of DNA Center
    • Requirements (physical and IP addresses)
    • Re-imaging the appliance
    • Maglev setup
    • Best practices
    • HA configuration
  • ISE Integration
    • Requirements
    • Common issues
  • Design Application
    • Adding network hierarchy
    • Uploading floorplans
    • Adding network settings
    • Wireless SSIDs overview
    • Network profiles overview
    • IP address pools
    • Image repository management
  • Policy Application
    • SGTs and Group Based Access Control
    • IP Based Access Control Policies
    • Application Policies
    • Traffic Copy Policies
    • Virtual Networks
  • Provision Application
    • Inventory Management
    • Software Image Management (SWIM)
    • Fabric Tab Overview
    • Services
  • Other Tools
    • System Settings (including Device Controllability)
    • Network Discovery
    • Template Editor Overview
    • Network Telemetry Configuration
  • Lab Time and Q&A 
  • Device Templates
    • Different types of templates
    • Velocity template programming language overview
    • Sample templates creation
    • Simple gotchas and workarounds
  • PnP and LAN Automation 
    • Differences and use cases
    • PnP requirements and strategies
    • PnP demonstration
  • Breakout Session 
  • Wireless SSID Creation 
    • Enterprise and Guest SSID creation
    • Guest Portal Customization using DNA Center/ISE
    • Assign SSIDs to Network Profiles
    • SSID provisioning
  • Assurance (Wired and Wireless)
    • Overview and hands on lab time
  • SDA Overview
    • Technologies and components
    • Hardware and Software requirements and limitations
    • Fabric design options and scenarios
    • Best practices for designing and deploying an SDA fabric
  • ATC Tour 
  • SDA Fabric Deployment 
    • Create an SDA Fabric
    • Create required Virtual Networks
    • Deploy border and control plane nodes
    • Border/Control Plane node deployment
    • Fusion Router configuration
    • Edge Node Deployment
  • Breakout Sessions
  • SDA Fabric Deployment (Continued)
    • Complete fabric deployment
    • LISP and VXLAN overview in the fabric
    • Common troubleshooting strategies
    • Fabric Wireless Deployment
    • Lab time
  • SDA Deployment Strategies
    • Greenfield deployment
    • Brownfield Migration
  • Q&A and Lab time